Ryan Dunleavy
Ryan Dunleavy
Partner & Head of Media Law Reputation Management

McMillan Williams acts for business and corporate clients upon a full range of media and entertainment law issues, both contentious and non-contentious. Areas of law that we specialise in include defamation, malicious falsehood, privacy, confidence, data protection, journalists and contempt, passing off, trade marks, and copyright.

As part of our services, we analyse and risk assess information and publication systems used by our business and corporate clients. We probe them for weaknesses and provide reports upon the likelihood of a client being in breach of laws ranging from defamation to data protection, then we advise clients on how to tighten up their systems in the most cost effective ways possible.

We assist clients in managing their reputations by advising upon media strategies. We also draft press releases and other statements on behalf of our business clients, in relation to legal and other issues.

When an item has been prepared for publication by a client, we provide pre-publication reviewing services upon it, to minimise the risk of it leading to litigation.

In situations where a client has been threatened with legal proceedings, or has received them, we advise and represent those clients in their disputes. This relates not just to matters dealt with by the courts, but also by regulators such as IPSO and Ofcom. We also commence claims on behalf of clients where their media, entertainment or reputational legal rights have been breached.

In addition, we advise upon and negotiate contracts for businesses that operate in the media world, including copyright licences and assignments, non-disclosure agreements, freelance agreements, commercial contracts, management agreements, publishing contracts, and recording agreements.

MW Solicitors are Media Law experts who can provide legal advice at the pre-publication stage upon any written materials.


Ryan Dunleavy
Ryan Dunleavy
Partner & Head of Media Law Reputation Management

Our specialist Media Lawyers have provided pre-publication advice in the past upon newspaper and magazine articles, books, television and film scripts, corporate literature, press releases, quotes to be given to the media, website content, leaflets, banners, and public statements, including those on social media.

We can strike the balance between minimising your risk of being sued for breaches of the law (eg, defamation, privacy, copyright, and data protection) and retaining the message of the words to be published.

We Can Help You

At MW Solicitors our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including businesses, media organisations, companies, charities, trade unions, authors, public relations experts, columnists, journalists and bloggers who may need to protect themselves against the threat of future litigation.

If you have any proposed publication (from a tweet to a novel) that you wish to seek pre-publication advice upon because you are concerned that there may be legal issues with it, call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk.

MW Solicitors advises and represents clients who are affected by Codes and Rules of regulators.

Our specialist Media Lawyers can represent you in matters relating to a wide variety of regulatory bodies such as the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), IMPRESS, Ofcom, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), and the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

We Can Help You

At MW Solicitors, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those individuals or companies who are worried that they are in breach of a regulator’s code of conduct or rules.

If you require legal advice or representation on a regulatory issue, call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk.

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